Meet Shelly Church



Q: How long have you lived in Naples?
A: I have lived and worked here since 1981.

Q: What is your current career?
A: I am a Senior Vice President of Investments and Financial Advisor with Raymond James.

Q: What brought you to this profession?
A: I come from a family with a single Mom and five sisters, and I always knew I wanted to have options in my future life which would require an income. I made up my mind that I was going to create something for myself. Through that period I wanted to empower other women to do the same; financial planning was just a natural route for me.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A: Australia and New Zealand.

Q: What’s on your Bucket list?
A: Safari in South Africa, I want to see the animals in their natural habitat.

Q: What is your favorite music?
A: U2, I think their music spans through many generations.

Q: What is your favorite Movie?
A: Rudy – I’m always about the underdog, and people being in difficult situations and making the best out of it.

Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: Same advice I’d give anybody, Save for the future!

Q: What current or former local business makes you feel the most nostalgic?
A: I’m going to miss the Naples Beach Club Hotel, it’s been there forever, and on the horizon, it won’t be there as we know it. I’ve spent a lot of time over the years walking the beach on Sunday afternoons, and I have many fond memories.

Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative with whom would you like to have lunch?
A: Condoleezza Rice, she is one of the brightest people I know. She is also very talented and diversified in the sense that she is a concert pianist, and she is the first female to be invited to Augusta National, home of the Masters. I think it would be fascinating to sit and talk with her.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5-10 Years?
A: Retired! Enjoying the life that most of my clients experience. I get to enjoy Naples but not the way I would like to, where I get to have my schedule, I am looking forward to that.

Q: What is interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: My professional goal was to be an interpreter/translator at the UN. At one time I was semi-fluent in French, I thought that would be fascinating.

Q: What is something you would want the person reading this to know about Naples?
A: The people here are extraordinary; it’s a very generous community. Most of the people here, are all about Naples, it’s not about them; it is a great feeling of community.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Naples?
A: LaMoraga, I love tapas, I love the restaurant/bar because I have a choice to eat in the restaurant or the bar, it’s easy.

Nancy Bjork of John R. Wood Propertieswould love your Faces nominations.

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